One solution to climate-related issues comes in the form of trains. With approximately 10 grams of C02 per person and km travelled, i.e., 10-20 times less than a car, travelling by train limits the carbon footprint of our journeys and should therefore be front and centre of national and regional transport policies. For distances under 1,000 km, travelling by train (especially high-speed lines) can be more competitive and accessible than flying, with access to a network of stations often located in city centres.
With rail traffic currently representing 10% of the volume it is expected to reach in 30 years, the potential scope for development is considerable. Railway is not just about the transport of people; it also involves the transport of freight, with infrastructure bearing the load of these two uses by day/night.
The development of the railway sector must prioritise the following tasks:
- Construct/renovate infrastructure
- Guarantee passenger safety
- Create, analyse and make available flow management, availability and ticketing data to increase infrastructure flexibility and improve customer services
- Reconsider the energy used to power rail travel; promote electrification whenever necessary; consider the introduction of hydrogen as an alternative source of energy…
Targeted development in line with safety standards
As rail journeys increase in frequency and carry heavier loads, infrastructure will be less resistant to wear and tear, with the subsequent effect that the need for maintenance work and replacements will increase. Bolstering the offer also requires the continuous development of the rail network. These needs arise against the backdrop of evolving safety requirements for railway links.
In the context of risk management, train running conditions, conditions of rolling stock, infrastructure, signalling design and operation must all be taken into consideration.
Our expertise extends to railway engineering, in respect of line infrastructure, from the route to the construction of railway structures, signalling, stations and multimodal hubs. We also provide consultancy and assistance for project management, studies, conventional project design and construction supervision and design/development.
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